CSR Building Materials Rock wool Insulation is an established mineral wool insulation company that is announcing today that their wool insulation products are joining a wide and varied host of other companies in a fight for sustainable and renewable energy. Mineral wool has in the past been notoriously hazardous not only to the environment-especially after deconstruction and the bulldozing of properties with the wool-but for humans as well.
The materials are made with incredible agents, constituents that are composed of fibers and particulates that are well proven, scientifically, to be carcinogens. Like asbestos, the materials can be inhaled, as the cancer causing ingredients in the materials are light enough to be transmitted via airborne methods-unlike other building products, such as cellular glass insulation materials, fireproofing materials, and foam boarding materials.
In metros such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, Las Vegas, Miami, Detroit … environment agencies, as well as building inspectors, weigh the inspection of these installations more heavily than roofing, basement, and soundproofing installations. Safety precautions and the documentation of these precautions are highly regulated. Despite the materials natural ingredients and constituents, the material is deemed unsafe to be handled by non professionals.
Mineral wool is widely used however. The materials are employed in order to produce barriers for fires, sound barriers, and insulating barriers. It's useful due to the chemical and fiber construction of the material, which makes it a very convenient material to use, a cost effective solution, and is an extremely easy material to mass produce. This is why the material is so widely used; it's achieved economies of scale that afford the material a great cost effective price point, which makes it very accessible to mass markets.
They're great for fire stops because the material is highly fire retardant and considered non combustible. Fire tests are done on such materials in order to be credentialed as such. During fire tests, wools are burned and the burns are timed. Depending on the effective smoke debris and the time it takes to burn, grades to those credentials of being fire retardant and / or non-combustible are granted by a government agency.
Older mineral wools are found in homes that are known to be very hazardous to humans, and should be avoided if renovations are being done, if you're missing in particular safety equipment. First and foremost you'll need a breathing filter. This comes in the shape and form of a mask, typically.
Several new types of these mineral wools are being manufactured today that do not carry much of these harmful characteristics, but, however, are priced at a premium point. Homeowners that are renovating their properties are encouraged to opt for these premium versions of mineral wools instead.
Aside from the new safety features of the new wools, there are also the environmental and eco friendliness factors and features of the new wools as well. Many are composed of recycled materials for example. Some purport to be easier to recycle or even compost-capable. When measuring the eco friendliness of the product, it's advised to pay attention to the list of reliable credentials issued on the product's labeling, such as the LEED environmental credential. Other environmental and eco credentials are out there for products to be awarded, but none are coveted than the LEED design. Buildings that are awarded this design proudly display its plaque on the outside of its building, typically close to the main entrance.